Writer/director Makoto Shinkai’s latest fantasy anime Weathering With You is released in UK cinemas on Friday 17th January. His follow up to the widely revered Your Name tells the tale of teenage boy Hodaka who runs away to Tokyo and meets Hina, a girl with supernatural, weather changing powers.

Ahead of Weathering With You’s release, we met with Shinkai at London’s St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel to discuss his film’s inception, production and challenges.

Makoto Shinkai Interview – Weathering With You

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Daniel Goodwin is a prevalent film writer for multiple websites including HeyUGuys, Scream Horror Magazine, Little White Lies, i-D and Dazed. After studying Film, Media and Cultural Studies at university and Creative Writing at the London School of Journalism, Daniel went on to work in TV production for Hat Trick Productions, So Television and The London Studios. He has also worked at the Home Office, in the private office of Hilary Benn MP and the Coroner's and Burials Department, as well as on the Movies on Pay TV market investigation for the Competition Commission.